Mississippi All-Star boys beat Alabama 85-83
CLINTON, MS (ahsaa.com) – Mississippi’s All-Stars edged Alabama 85-83 Friday night at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus to win the boys’ game and sweep the 26th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Games.
Mississippi MVP Taze Moore of Southhaven scored 26 points to lead all scorers, including eight in the last 35 seconds, as the hosts pulled out the victory in a wild finish. Alabama MVP Trey Petty of Westminster Christian had 21 points, including as 3-pointer to tie the game at 83-83 with six seconds remaining. Moore, however, had one more shot in him as he took the ball the length of the floor and scored just before the buzzer to seal the win. Alabama still holds a 14-12 lead in the series that played its first game in 1991.
The game, hosted by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) in partnership with the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & coaches Association (AHSADCA), was played in Mississippi for the second time since the rotation between states was resumed in 2014. It returns to Alabama next March.
Alabama’s All-Stars, coached by Andy Blackston of Madison Academy and Ronnie Stapler of Westminster Christian, led most of the first half thanks to a near perfect inside shooting performance out of the gate inside the 3-point arc. Alabama was 10-of-10 in the first 12 minutes but just 1-of-10 from 3-point distance and held a slim 24-21 lead with 7:02 to play in the opening half. Alabama finished 14-of-18 on 2-pointers in the first half but remained cold from the 3-point distance until Cold Springs’ Triston Chambers nailed his only attempt of the first half in the final minute and Alabama trailed 32-31 at intermission. Alabama also shot just two free throws in the first 20 minutes.
Mountain Brook’s Jack Kline and Woodlawn’s Javien Williams reeled off nine points between them in the first two minutes of the second half to give Alabama a 42-34 lead. Mississippi turned up its defensive pressure, however, and with10:32 to play, Alabama led by only one, 56-55.
The game came down to the final minute, however, with Alabama in possession and holding a 78-77 lead. A Mississippi steal and lay-up set up an incredible finish. J.O. Johnson forward Justin Hopkins scored inside to give Alabama the lead with 42 seconds left, 80-79. Moore sank two free throws with 35.2 lefts left to give Mississippi an 81-80 lead. He added two more free throws with 22 ticks remaining for an 83-80 lead. Petty, however, sank his third trey of the game to tie the game, but Mississippi pulled out the win with Moore’s final bucket.
Petty was 6-of-6 at the foul line, had eight rebounds and two assists for Alabama. Hopkins added 13 points and five rebounds, and John Pettway of Keith and Jack Kline of Mountain Brook had 10 points each.
Moore was 10-of-10 at the foul line and had eight rebounds for Mississippi. Tyson Carter of Starkville also scored 14 points for the winners.